Tom Nichols: Exeter City turn down offers for leading scorer

Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal in Exeter City's 2-2 FA Cup draw with Liverpool

Exeter City have turned down offers to buy top goalscorer Tom Nichols, manager Paul Tisdale has confirmed.

The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has refused a new deal with the League Two side.

BBC Wiltshire understands League One club Swindon Town are one of the teams to have a bid for the striker turned away this month.

"We've had some offers in but nothing which is close to how we would value him," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

"We've had interest that's then turned into strong conversations about money, but until there's a strong offer he'll remain with Exeter."

Nichols has scored 12 goals this season, including the opener against Premier League Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup.

As he is under 24, Exeter would receive compensation should he leave at the end of the season.

"If he doesn't move I'm more than happy for him to stay here," added Tisdale. "Why wouldn't I be?

"My experience of a transfer window is often things happen late, and you just need an open mind and be ready to react.

"Every player's for sale, that is life at Exeter City - I have an open mind to any offer for any player from any club."